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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: ARC's
« on: December 14, 2011, 02:30:54 PM »
If you're up for reviewing ebooks/indie books, include that information on your blog. If you specify what kinds of books you are looking for many authors will find you.

You won't necessarily only be offered ARC's, but pre-publishing or not, review copies are always fun to receive! If you don't have many authors noticing you, start adding a few on twitter, you'd be surprised how much that can help!


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Suggestions for a Non-Reader
« on: December 14, 2011, 02:25:30 PM »
Thanks so much for the suggestions! I think I'll check out "Way of the Shadows" by Brent Weeks first and go from there.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Fantasy Suggestions for a Non-Reader
« on: December 12, 2011, 02:26:45 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions!! Keep em' coming -- I might just turn him into a reader yet. :D

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Fantasy Suggestions for a Non-Reader
« on: December 11, 2011, 06:14:31 PM »
Hello All! I have a challenge for you today; I've asked tons of people this question and so far none of them have managed to come up with a suggestion that I think will work. (But you guys are awesome so I'm hoping that will all change!)

I have a friend who hasn't read anything but books for school and doesn't believe that there are any books out there he could possibly like. However, he has agreed to read any book that I recommend; and so I must find the perfect book.

Now this book has to be one that will hook him; convince him that reading can be fun and not just painstakingly boring.

This is what I need:

I need a book that is interesting from the very first sentence. It can't be overly long and I would prefer it if it were an easy breezy read. Also, he won't read any books that have been made into movies; and if it's fantasy related, he's probably seen it.

He likes Marvell movies, Avatar, Troy (anything Greek/Roman... etc...), Spartacus, I Am Number 4, The Covenant, he LOVES the Game of Thrones TV series....

Every other time I have asked this question I have been given answers that involve the best fantasy books out there; which also usually happen to be convoluted pieces of art. Easy is good in this case.

What do you think, can you help me?  ???

I think it's beyond fabulous when people discover how awesome reading is; no matter what age they are. I have a family member who never read more than a book a year until she was 34ish -- then she found one book she loooooved and you never see her without one now. Makes me proud. :)

I could suggest a million books, but I'll stick with just a couple;

If you ever read electronically I would recommend "Dance of Cloaks" by David Dalglish.

Also, one of my fav fantasy series is "The Belgariad" by David Eddings. There are five in total (The first is "Pawn of Prophecy") and they are not nearly as weighty as say... the Wheel of Time books.


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: A Dance of Cloaks review
« on: December 11, 2011, 05:38:20 PM »
This was the first book of Dalglish's that I read; I didn't try the Half Orc series until later. This book was fabulous, I really enjoyed both it and the sequel. I haven't yet purchased the third one that has come out recently, but I'm sure I will! In fact, this was the first *indie* novel that I read which I was impressed with. Up until that point I was starting to think that I would never find any that were par or better!

I never did finish the Half Orcs series, but hearing that it is supposed to get better might give me the extra push I need to finish it.



There's one in this thread that's pretty good.


Basiclly people post them on YouTube or the like and then link to them on their blogs and Twitter.

That one's not bad! Thanks for sharing it :)

I'm still relatively new to world of book trailers and from what I have seen there is a much higher majority of absolutely terrible ones than otherwise. (But that is just my initial impression). I'd like to know how trailers affect you - does watching a terrible trailer turn you off a book? Do you not care? Do you actively search out book trailers?

Thoughts, ideas, opinions - I'd love them all.

And last, but definitely not least -- if you have seen a great book trailer, or have a trailer for your novel I'd love it if you would share it with me!


Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Are you in or out of the closet?
« on: August 28, 2011, 06:22:21 AM »
I have no problem announcing that I'm reading some brilliant fantasy novel - I love them!

It's the occasional moment when someone catches me reading a romance novel, (they're a guilty pleasure ok??), that I get all awkward and defensive. At least the advent of ereaders has allowed closet romance readers to hide what they are doing.

A fantasy novel though? - I'll let the geek flag fly!

Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Re: Bad Review?
« on: August 28, 2011, 06:17:06 AM »
I think honesty is better, not just for the author, but for any potential readers as well. An honest review on any website where customers can purchase the book will help ensure that they spend their money where is deserved.

Personally, when I review on my blog I make it clear that a review will only be posted if I enjoyed the book to a degree. Any authors who send me their book are warned that if I don't like it, I won't review it. Though I will send them a private review if they want to know why it didn't make the cut.

In my city, we have only two bookstores - one tiny Chapters where I buy new books I've been waiting for and one itty bitty second hand book store where I search for older books that I've been wanting.

Neither of these stores can satisfy for long, which is what forced me to buy an ebook reader in the first place. I now own a kindle, and as such do the majority of my shopping at Amazon or Smashwords, (though I do still go to the second hand book store regularly).

I find that Chapters only stocks mainstream novels, which drives me a little bonkers...

Introductions / Re: the blog thread
« on: August 26, 2011, 03:56:29 PM »
My blog features mostly fantasy ebooks thought I do stray to other genres on occasion. I update a minimum of three times a week, but often more! Beyond book reviews I also share upcoming books, well done book trailers I've come across and any ebook related news I think is important.

I'd be delighted if you checked it out!

The Ebook Apothecary:

Introductions / Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
« on: August 26, 2011, 03:53:09 PM »
Hello, I'm new.  ;)

I stumbled across this forum via twitter and joined mere seconds later. I've been looking for a place where I can talk to people who like the same kinds of things that I do, sadly they are few and far between in my hometown. I'm a fantasy junkie and lifelong book addict. My mother, bless the woman, taught me to read when I was three and I don't think she was ever able to get my nose out of a book after that!

I positively adore high/epic fantasy, steampunk, sci-fi, space operas, historical fantasy... you name it.

Favorite books are;

Ender's Game, by the brilliant Orson Scott Card
Warlock is Spite of Himself by the lesser known, but equally brilliant Christopher Stasheff
Magnus by Sigmund Brouwer, which is not fantasy at all, and out of print so you can't really find it anywhere.

I'm an aspiring author, and while I'm working on that I talk about other books on my blog, the Ebook Apothecary. 

Oh, and my name is Beth, but online I toddle around as Theriaka.

Pleased to be here!

I hate to admit it, but a poorly done book cover (especially in the case of ebooks), will turn me off a book and I won't even look further. I know it is ridiculous, but it needs to appeal to me before I even know what the story-line is about. The next hurdle is how brilliant the synopsis is, or if I've read the authors work before. I'm much more likely to read a book when I am familiar with the author and have enjoyed their work in the past.

That being said, one of the factors that greatly impacts my impulse buying (when it comes to books) is what people have told me about it. If someone has been raving about a book that I come across there is a good chance I will pick it up just to see if it is as good as they say.

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